Research and Teaching

The Liveable Cities Lab is currently engaged in several topics of research including:

Nature-based Solutions

Climate Adaptation & Resilience

Urban Metabolism


Gentrification, Displacement

We are also actively developing a Liveability Assessment Toolbox.

Blue-green infrastructure in our cities

Enhancing Blue-green infrastructure and social performance in high density urban environments

Blue-green infrastructure is a network providing the ingredients for solving urban and climate challenges by building with nature. The main components of this approach include storm water management, climate change adaptation, and have an impact on the reduction of heat stress, increasing biodiversity, food production, better air quality, sustainable energy production, clean water and healthy soils, as well as more anthropocentric functions such as increased quality of life through recreation and blue-green areas in cities and regions.

The Liveable Cities Lab put together a team of researchers to research on the impacts of Blue-green on social performance with a focus on dense urban environments. This research primarily deals with the development and the identification of measures to improve the urban blue-green infrastructure and the related positive side effects on the urban quality of life. The aim is to identify best practices and lessons learned and provide guidelines, which can be used by city decision makers in general and urban water stakeholders in particular. By doing so this research will contribute to increase the status of urban liveability globally.

The Video from the kick-off meeting, held at Zeppelin University in July 2014 gives an overview on the intention of the research and the team from National University of Singapore, Harvard Graduate School of Design, MIT and Zeppelin University. The research was funded by the Ramboll Foundation.


Strengthening Blue-Green Infrastructure in our Cities (FINAL REPORT)

If you would like a digital copy of the report, please email us.

Team Reports Zeppelin University

Enhanced Socio-Economic Analysis of BGI as Urban Innovation 
European Center For Sustainability Research 
Prof. Dr. Dr. Manfred Moldaschl, Matthias Wörlen

Urban Governance for Livable Cities: Institutional Capacity Building for ‘Blue-Green Infrastructure’ Planning and Development 
Prof. Dr. Eckhard Schröter, Dr. Jörg Röber

Team Reports MIT

Boston “Emerald Necklace” Case Study  
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
Prof. James L. Wescoat Jr., Alex Marks, Karen Noiva, and Smita Rawoot 

Mumbai Case Study
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
Smita Rawoot, Prof. James L. Wescoat Jr., Karen Noiva, and Alex Marks

Team Reports National University of Singapore, School of Design and Environment

Biophilic Design: Singapores Khoo Teck Puat Hospital and BishanAng Mo Kio Park
Prof. Nirmal Kishnani, Giovanni Cossu 

Biodiversity Enhancement & Blue-Green Infrastructure in Cities 
Prof. Tan Puay Yok, Cynthia Ng

Team Report Harvard Graduate School of Design

A History of Blue-Green Infrastructure in New York City: Creating the Adaptive City  
Joyce Klein Rosenthal, Evangeline McGlynn

Liveability Development and Decision Support

Cost-benefit analysis on blue-green infrastructure in Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, Singapore

Research for sustainability in the field of architecture and urban design mostly covers the aspects of ecology and social issues. Sometimes even cultural sustainability comes into play. But when it comes to a profound argumentation for blue-green infrastructures decision makers mostly look for profound arguments about the economic benefits. As today cost-efficiency is on the planners´ daily agenda, the know-how on economical aspects of urban planning projects has to increase dramatically in order to promote sustainable urban development. The research was granted by the Research Fund of the Ministry of National Development.


Shaping Landscapes and Human Welfare. Comparative Field Study of the Non-Material Effects of Blue-Green Integration in Singapore
Prof. Herbert Dreiseitl, Oliver D. Tovatt, Bettina Wanschura; Singapore 2015

Cost-Benefit Analysis of Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park
Prof. Herbert Dreiseitl, Jonathan A. Leonardsen, Bettina Wanschura; Singapore 2015

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Cities for People

Cities are the leading source of global economic growth, resource consumption and carbon gas emissions. Urban superpower in the 21st century is all about human capital. But how do cities attract the right people? Liveability is part of the answer.

Research Project to Boost Urban Liveability

A team of the world’s leading researchers within urban development has joined forces in a new project aimed at improving life in cities.

Past Studios

Udaipur Design Studio

The City of Udaipur, India, is looking for better solutions to improve the quality of its performance to be a more smart and liveable city. Prof. Herbert Dreiseitl's studio at National University of Singapore in cooperation with Ramboll explored the status of Udaipur´s liveability and how it can be improved by using tools of an integrated approach to landscape architecture with a strong focus on Blue-Green Infrastructure Design, Mobility and open spaces. Working in places like in India forces us to have a high sensibility for the specific culture of the spot.

 Video NUS-Studio results >>

NUS - Water Workshops

Prof. Herbert Dreiseitl conducted a Water Workshop titled Water in Art, Engineering, and Architecture as part of National University of Singapore's Topics in Landscape Architecture. Click here to watch the workshop summary by NUS.

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